Casey Abbett

Sports Intern

Hi, my name is Casey Abbett and I am from LaCrosse Indiana. I am a freshman at Purdue University and planning to major in mass communications. I am a sports intern for WBAA.

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For a third time this season, a top-25 team traveled to West Lafayette to play football against the Purdue Boilermakers. And for a third time the visitors lost.

Number 19 Iowa was the latest to fall victim to this trend, though the Hawkeyes used a fourth quarter comeback to scare the home team before falling 38-36. The last time Purdue beat three ranked teams in one season was 2002.

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They say you are only as good as your last game. And if that were the case, many people would have assumed that Purdue would have been the favorite in Saturday's football matchup against Michigan State.

However, the team that thrashed then#2 Ohio State last week was a far cry from the team that took the field in East Lansing. Instead, the Boilermakers looked more like the team that started the year with three straight losses, and never led in a 23-13 letdown.

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On a crisp autumn night 60,000 freezing college football fans piled into Ross-Ade Stadium. 

Some were expecting a blowout.

A hopeful few wanted at least a shootout.

And on a brisk night, the shock of the temperature getting as low as 38 degrees (with a wind chill registering even lower thanks to 18 mile per hour winds) was little compared to the shock of the Purdue Boilermakers coming up with a 49-20 victory over one of the best teams in the nation. 

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The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday to try to double their win total on the year. Their opponent, Nebraska, had not won a game since they beat the Boilermakers 25-24 last year.

The Cornhuskers did themselves no favors trying to secure their first win on the season. They are one of the most penalized teams in the country, averaging 10 a game. On this day they had 11 for 136 yards, many coming on crucial plays -- plays that ultimately made the difference in a 42-28 Purdue victory.

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At the beginning of this game, many predicted it wouldn't be very close. Few outside of the Boilermaker faithful thought it would be a Homecoming game to remember. Boston College had just moved into college football's top 25 (No. 23) and had outscored all of its opponents by a wide margin. 

Someone failed to tell that to the Boilermaker defense, which held Eagles running back, and preseason ACC Player of the Year candidate AJ Dillon to just 59 rushing yards, and anchored a 30-13 win.

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Just how badly has the 2018 season started for the Purdue football team?

In their first three games, the Boilermakers have been outscored by a total of eight points.  They're 0-3.

The last two of those losses have come on field goals tried in the final five or fewer seconds of the 4th quarter.

And even Northwestern found a way to add insult to Purdue's season Saturday. Two weeks after a season-opening win over the Boilermakers, the Wildcats became the first Big Ten Conference team since 1894 to lose to Akron.

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